This Week in History: USS Thresher sinks, Apollo 13, and Thomas Jefferson born

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. For those who are interested, links to these posts can now be found on Pinterest, too. Enjoy and have a great week! Monday, April 9 Medal of Honor Monday! On (almost) this day in 1970, an Army Ranger concludes an […]

This Day in History: The assassination of Abraham Lincoln

On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln passes away. He had been shot by an assassin the day before. The President had decided to spend his Good Friday evening at a comedy at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. It had been only 5 days since General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, […]

This Day in History: Benjamin Franklin’s efforts to end slavery

On this day in 1775, America’s first abolitionist group is formed. Wait. What? Some of our Founders were trying to end slavery, even before the American Revolution? Yes, that’s right. Even during the early years of our country, some Americans were working to end slavery. The much-respected Benjamin Franklin was one of these individuals. Of […]

This Day in History: Thomas Jefferson is born

On this day in 1743, Thomas Jefferson is born. You already know that he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did you know that he was only 33 years old when he did it? What prompted congressional members to turn to one of their youngest for such an important task? The answer reveals a more […]

This Day in History: Fort Sumter and the first shots of the Civil War

  On this day in 1861, the first shot of the Civil War is fired. Was this moment inevitable? Not everyone thought so. Tensions had long existed between North and South, of course, but Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 made things even worse. Southern states were irate! Seven seceded and formed themselves into the Confederate […]